Using a word repetitively to create a theme can be used effectively. I'm glad that you are able to work through this and take a stand on what is your style. In regards to the reference to hell and demons, it is a short paragraph and really does not have it's place in a 1K word story.
"He took a deep breath of the air. Garlic, onions and turmeric. Must be around noon, he thought to himself." This needs a bit of a rewrite. Garlic, onions and turmeric. That is not a complete sentence. There is no verb.
Keep up the good work.